New Practice Resources

Morning Exercise: Short Version

Deborah Rose Longo taught the full version of this exercise at a recent Wisdom School. It involves in depth directing of one’s attention to facilitate 3-centered awareness and relaxation in each center.

When the centers are relaxed and fully present in ones awareness, along with conscious relaxed breathing, we make space inside for the flow of finer energies.

Here is the shorter exercise that she created for the Facebook Wisdom Communities 8-week Inner Tasks last fall, as it can be done quickly and almost anywhere.

The aim of this exercise is to be in relaxed stillness of body, mind and feelings in order to open the way for Sacred Influence and Peace within.

With practice, it can be completed in seconds or under a minute!

  1. Become aware of breathing in and breathing out in your natural flow of breathing. Maintain this while doing all steps.
  2. Bring your attention to your mind. Invite quiet mind. Allow the thoughts to subside. (It can be helpful, when the thoughts continue to be chatty, to say inwardly “in”, when breathing in and to say inwardly“out”, when breathing out).
  3. Bring your attention to the center of the chest. Invite calm feelings.
  4. Bring your attention to your physical body. Invite relaxation.
  5. Be in relaxed stillness of mind, feelings and body remembering to breath consciously.
  6. Be aware that there may be others in our circle doing the same inner practice at the weekly designated time.
  7. Breathe a breath of Gratitude and Love for all.

I Am Here: An Embodiment Practice by Cynthia Bourgeault

“If I were to die tomorrow, this is really and truly the last words I would have to say to you all.”

~ Cynthia Bourgeault

Instruction for the I Am Here practice
Cynthia teaches the practice with music

Art Thou In the Darkness? A new chant and video by Paulette Meier

“Art thou in the Darkness? Mind it not, for if thou dost it will feed thee more. But stand still, and act not, and wait in patience, till Light arises out of Darkness and leads thee.”

The words of 17th century Quaker leader James Naylor, set to melody and sung by Paulette Meier. The video was produced by Scott Brubaker-Zehr at Rockway Mennonite Church in Kitchener, Ontario. The music track is from the album, Timeless Quaker Wisdom in Plainsong, available on BandCamp or Paulette’s website.

Cynthia’s Latest Book Emphasizes Practice

Mystical Courage: Commentaries on Selected Contemplative Exercises
by G.I. Gurdjieff, as Complied by Joseph Azize

“Embodied, three-centered awareness is the missing link, not simply for the sake of personal wellness, but as a direct link to higher faculties of perception embedded but not yet activated within us.”